Care Resource is hosting a free 90-minute seminar about exercises performed at home that improve function and slow motor deterioration for Parkinson’s Disease patients, on Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at their headquarters, 2 Hemingway Dr., Riverside, RI 02915. Care Resource is the only agency in the area with LSVT “BIG” certified therapists.
The therapy is known as Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG method, and uses “big” movements with repetition and varying complexity that utilize the brain’s ability to constantly form new neural connections.
Seating for the seminar is limited and reservations are strongly recommended by calling 877-431-0000 or email Leigh Montecalvo at email@example.com.
There will be ample free parking and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share information.
Care Resource co-founder and CEO Bernard F. Lambrese was one of sixteen men honored by the Women's Resource Center (WRC) at its annual Men Who Make a Difference gala for taking an active and positive role in their community.
The event was held on Friday, April 21, at Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina, Newport, and featured a recognition ceremony for the honorees, silent auction, dinner and dancing. Taylor Britto, a Providence Police officer who is also associate pastor and founder of the Journey Through Faith Community Center and a 2015 Men Who Make a Difference honoree, was keynote speaker and Daniel Baker, a teacher at St. Philomena School in Portsmouth, was master of ceremonies. Carol Ryan, a member of WRC's board of directors and development committee, chaired the event.
Bernard F. Lambrese receives his award from master of ceremonies Daniel Baker
In addition to Mr. Lambrese, the 2017 Men Who Make a Difference honorees included: John R. Bernardo III, Law Offices of John R. Bernardo III; Walter V. Burke, Director, Town of Bristol Parks & Recreation; Randy Butler, Founder/President, Butler Basketball Club; Jacob A. Cathers, Vice Chair, Middletown Prevention Coalition; Brendan P. Doherty, Ret. Col. R.I. State Police; Director, Special Investigations Unit, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Gerald Exil, Pediatrician, General Pediatric Neurology; Nick Figueroa, Northeast Regional Admissions Director, City Year; Dr. Steven F. Freedman, Physician, Ear, Nose, and Throat Medicine and Surgery Group; Andrew Horwitz, Asst. Dean for Experiential Education, Roger Williams University School of Law; Rev. Nathan J.A. Humphrey, Rector, St. John the Evangelist; Bernard A. Manchester, Assistant Vice President, Merrill Lynch; Marshall M. "Tripp" Rauci, Attorney, Decof, Decof & Barry; Dr. Louis B. Rice, President & CEO, University Medicine; Dr. Charles P.l Shoemaker, Founder of Baby Steps Newport; and Scott D. Wheeler, Buildings & Grounds Supervisor/Tree Warden, City of Newport, R.I.
The Care Resource team filled a table at the event.
"Through the work we do at Women's Resource center, we have a deep appreciation for people who are willing to get involved in their community or who serve as a role model, mentor or inspiration to someone else," says Lori DiPersio, executive director of the Women's Resource Center. "This annual event is our way of saying 'thank you' to some special men who make a difference in the lives of others while also helping us continue our mission and services to women, children and men in Newport and Bristol Counties.
All proceeds form the Men Who Make a Difference gala benefitted the Women's Resource Center, a member of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence that serves Newport and Bristol Counties.
Care Resource Staff Completes Certification for Novel Parkinson's Disease Treatment
Therapy program targets walking and balance to improve quality of life, avoid falls with Parkinson’s patients
A new therapy program at Care Resource, an East Providence-based home health agency, home care and medical supply company serving patients throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, is helping patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to improve function and slow motor deterioration through exercise in the home setting. The therapy will reduce the incidents of patient falls in the home and, as a result, prevent Emergency Room visits and hospital admissions.
Four Care Resource’s physical and occupational therapists have recently completed certification in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) BIG method, a proven protocol for in-home Physical and Occupational Therapy developed in the late 1980s. The LSVT BIG method certifies therapists in major motor skills training to help PD patients improve their walking, movement of the arms and legs, and balance. BIG training involves the patient using “big” movements with repetition and varying complexity.
According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, PD is a chronic and progressive movement disorder with symptoms that continue and worsen over time. There is no cure and one can only manage its symptoms. Common symptoms include shaking of the hands and legs, slowness of movement, rigidity of the limbs and trunk, and impaired balance and coordination. Individuals with PD typically have trouble walking.
“One million people currently have Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. and, unfortunately, its prevalence is expected to double by 2040,” states Bernard A. Lambrese, CEO of Care Resource, LLC. “This new treatment we offer is intensive and can only be administered by certified therapists. Patient outcomes are astounding in achieving marked improvements in gait, range of motion, strength, fall reduction, and more. It is our goal to improve the quality of life for all who suffer from this disorder and who wish to reap the benefits of this novel treatment right in their own homes. Falls often lead to ambulance rides, so any time we can provide a therapy that reduces the risk of falls in the home, we can help avoid ER visits and hospital admissions.”
LSVT BIG treatment involves 16 rehab sessions in one month over 4 consecutive days per week. All one-hour sessions are direct with the therapist and daily homework exercise is required to be completed by the patient in addition to the session. A “tune up” is planned every 3-6 months based upon individual needs of the patient to ensure continuity.
Care Resource clinicians who recently completed the LSVT training course certification held in Worcester, Mass. include Physical Therapists Julie Polseno (Lincoln, RI resident) and Andres Mazo (Providence resident); Occupational Therapist Lyndsey Rosario (Seekonk, Mass. resident); and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Cora Freelove (Chepachet, RI resident). Two clinicians who were certified earlier this year are Physical Therapy Assistant Jeff Hilton (Burrillville, RI resident) and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Kristina DiMaio (Cranston, RI resident).
“LSVT is proven to be effective for positive changes in neural functioning,” comments Physical Therapist Julie Polseno, who serves as regional rehabilitation director at Care Resource. “We have also seen patients recover the ability to walk one block with 50% reduced shuffling, or become able to complete an upper body dressing task independently after this therapy.”
Care Resource has partnered with Phillips Lifeline, the largest medical alert provider in North America, to monitor high risk homecare patients with PD. Through this affiliation, Care Resource will offer patients the Lifeline personal emergency response service free for 60 days. This wearable device features an automatic fall detection alert to provide access to help 24/7 even if the patient cannot push the button for assistance.
Care Resource announces its staff is now using TigerText, a secure, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)-compliant text messaging application that enables mobile collaboration and communication amongst physicians, nurses and clinicians.
TigerText is a state-of-the-art communication service in use by top hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. The platform uses a high-security data encryption system and features a number of physical, technical and administrative safeguards to protect all messages and data.
The platform will be leveraged by Care Resource employees to safely take and send images, submit files and reports, and send voice messages related to patient care. “Our number one priority is to protect patient identifying information,” states Bernard F. Lambrese, CEO of Care Resource, LLC. “The prevalence of smartphones and apps in the hands of doctors, nurses, clinicians and healthcare providers makes this form of communicating convenient and efficient. Unlike with email, information about patient’s status, updates and conditions can be shared without any risk of a data breach from a server. This technology will help save critical time in providing the best care possible for our patients.”
Last year, the Joint Commission, which is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, ended its five-year ban on text messaging because it acknowledges that technology has advanced. “Companies like TigerText have proven their accordance with professional standards of practice for data security and privacy concerns,” adds Mr. Lambrese. “We are proud to be among the first home health agencies to introduce text messaging communications. Our implementation of this cutting edge application demonstrates Care Resource’s commitment to continuously improving our methods and adopting innovative means when it comes to both our patients and employees that care for them.”
Care Resource announces it has once again earned full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) through 2019 for both the East Providence, RI, and Dartmouth, MA locations.
Services approved for accreditation are home health aide, medical social services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and skilled nursing.
The ACHC created an accreditation process of review that healthcare organizations participate in to demonstrate their ability to meet predetermined criteria. ACHC collaborates with industry experts to create standards to ensure that quality is maintained throughout all aspects of the organization, and to conduct on-site surveys every three years. This comprehensive process reviews organizational structure, policies and procedures, compliance with federal/state/local laws, leadership, patients’ rights and responsibilities, fiscal operations, human resource management, provision of care, patient records, quality outcomes, performance improvement, infection control, and patient/employee safety. At the time of survey, organizations demonstrate how they have maintained continuous compliance with the ACHC Standards along with the Medicare Conditions of Participations for Accreditation
"Accreditation to us means that our home health agency is represented as a credible and reputable organization dedicated to ongoing and continuous compliance with the highest national standards of quality,” states Bernard F. Lambrese, CEO of Care Resource LLC. “It is very important to us and is a key benchmark for measuring our quality and operations. In addition, because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires accreditation by an approved accreditor like ACHC, we will be eligible to continue participation with Medicare to serve many of our patients who rely on this federal health insurance coverage. Our entire team at Care Resource is committed to providing the best care possible, and is proud of this achievement.”